They brought me Rubies from the mine,
And held them to the sun;
I said, they are frozen drops of wine
From Eden’s vats that run.
I looked again,--I thought them hearts
Of friends to friends unknown;
Tides that should warm each neighbouring life
Are locked in sparkling stone.
But fire to thaw that ruddy snow,
To break enchanted ice,
And give love’s scarlet tides to flow,--
When shall that sun arise?
Ralph Waldo Emerson

July is my birth month, and I thought it would be good to get to know more about the fiery history of the Ruby, which has been at the forefront of luxury, royalty and biblical lore for centuries!

Historically, Rubies are believed to be talismans of protection and power, often being worn by warriors in battle! More recently, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz wears Ruby slippers thought to protect her from evil!

(note to self: must get a pair of these!)

Rubies are also referenced several times in the bible, associated with beauty and wisdom (note to self: loving my birthstone more and more – keep the compliments coming!). Similarly, according to ancient folklore in India, Rubies were thought to help them be at peace with their enemies. 

There have been several famous Rubies over the years, but my favourite has to be the Ruby ring that was given to Elizabeth Taylor by her then-husband, Richard Burton as a Christmas gift.

Rubies are symbols of deep passion and love, so Burton had promised that one day he would buy her a ‘perfect’ Ruby. Four years later in 1968, Burton tucked a small Van Cleef & Arpels box into Taylor’s Christmas stocking!

The box contained an 8.24ct Ruby and Diamond ring, set in Yellow Gold. Taylor later commented on the ring saying, “it was the most perfect coloured stone I’d ever seen”. The ring was placed on auction at Christies in 2011, and sold for an incredible $4.2million!



This was not the only Ruby gift Taylor received from one of her husbands. In 1957 her then-husband, film and theatre producer Mike Todd, gave her a gorgeous Ruby and Diamond suite from Cartier.

(note to self: Liz knew how to pick a husband!)


Elizabeth Taylor, Ruby suite by Cartier


The title for highest ever price for a Ruby sold on auction remains with the ‘Hope Ruby’, which was sold in 2012 for $6.74million. The spectacular pigeon blood Ruby is from Burma, and weighs 32.08cts! Wow!


Well, now that all jaws are firmly on the floor, we need only to wish all July babies a fabulous birthday month. Who knows what might be wrapped up for you? It is, after all, Christmas in July!